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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs. Juliet Ibe." <>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 10:29:19 -0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good newsDear: Beneficiary,

Good newsDear: Beneficiary,

Yourconsignment box which contents sum of $980.000.00USD has been located
to bedeliver to you today, since we have lost your contacts information
includingyour E-mail Address for past over (3 yrs Ago) so the depositor
Dr.Raymond Wang,now come to our company office today, and give report that
you have not receiveyour consignment since.

So we arevery sorry for the kind delay in this delivery of your
consignment to you, butyou are here right now to forgive and forget all
our delay, and per attention toreconfirm us the following delivery
information’s in the space provided herefor the delivery purpose, to avoid
any mistake during the delivery time, belowis the information’s we need
from you urgent, as to enable our diplomat carryon the delivery
immediately we receive those information’s required, and be onhis way
coming direct to your country to deliver the consignment box to yourdoor

Your fullname: _________
livingconutry/ country oregin: __________
Home/officeAddress: _________
Telephone/ mobileNumber: _________
Yournearest airport: _________
A copy ofyour picture/passport: _________

NOTE THAT: wehighly expect your urgent mail immediately you received this
message, and forany question please feel free to contact our director of
this company on hiscontact information’s listed out here, in this copy of
mail to you.

Directorname Mr. John Kelly,
E-mailAddress: ( )
TelephoneLine: (+229)=98227331
Please forany misunderstanding of some words in this message, don’t forget
to contact ourdirector as per my first advice to you, others information
will be giving toyou when you contacted him through his direct contact
details, thank you.

DHL company supervisor
Mrs. Juliet Ibe.

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